Present: Gwen Rudney, Nat Hart, Jim Cotter, Tom Johnson, Edith Borchardt, Engin Sungur, Bert Ahern, Eric Bass, Dean Schuman
Absent: Jason Kohler
Engin Sungur handed out a draft copy of the General Education
Senior Survey, and a draft copy of the Mathematics Major Senior
Survey. A summary of the different options discussed by the Assessment
of Student Learning Sub-Committee was also given to each Task
Approval of Minutes
One correction to the April 9 meeting minutes (meeting #14) was
suggested. To help prevent misunderstanding on how some assessment
will be done under the "Approval of Progress Report II"
heading, the term "program reviews" should be used instead
of "external reviews". The minutes for meeting #14
and #15 were approved.
Assessment Survey #2
Only 8 disciplines have returned the second Assessment of Student
Learning Surveys. Bert Ahern will send a reminder to the remaining
disciplines so the Task Force can get the remaining surveys before
the end of the school year.
The academic support Assessment of Student Learning Surveys are
also being returned to the TFASL. The Task Force is currently
missing 2-3 surveys.
Sub-Committee's Senior Survey Report:
The target population of the survey will be seniors graduating
from UMM, and the audience will be the UMM committee and outside
reviewers. There will be two surveys; the first survey will deal
with General Education, and the second survey will deal with the
senior's chosen major. Each disciplines will decide whether they
want to participate in the survey, and they can add additional
questions to the survey if they so chose. The Assessment of Student
Learning Committee will look at the survey results, but they will
send the results to each discipline to interpret and put into
their reports. These surveys will not replace the existing exit
survey that is given approximately every three years.
A concern raised with the General Education Survey was that most
of the questions asked about the different areas each student
must take classes in to fulfill, while the questions concerning
college writing and inquiry seemed to focus on the particular
courses. To help eliminate this impression, the title "college
writing" will be changed to "writing". This will
broaden the focus to incorporate all the writing courses that
the student took both in the General Education requirements and
in his/her major.
Another concern was about the amount of surveys that would actually
be returned by the students. There was discussion of how to get
a higher rate of return. Some ideas included making the survey
mandatory, giving an incentive for students to fill it out, only
having a couple of disciplines giving the surveys to their students,
and having an exit interview instead of a survey for a random
sample of the graduating class. The Task Force decided to make
this year's survey a pilot survey to see what works and what needs
to be changed. After examining what is good and bad about this
survey, the Assessment of Student Learning Committee will decide
what to change about next year's surveys. The General Education
Survey will be sent to all graduation seniors, and each discipline
will be given a chance to send out a survey about their major.
The General Education Committee needs to approve the General
Education Survey by the end of next week (April 12-16) and the
next Monday (April 23) the surveys will be announced at the Campus
Engin Sungur is planning on taking 1-2 weeks this summer to compile
the data returned in the surveys and getting the information to
the appropriate discipline.
A motion was made to approve the surveys and to start taking steps
to distribute them this spring. Jim Cotter seconded the motion,
and the vote was all in favor with no opposed and no abstentions.
The budget situation has not changed. The plan was submitted,
but there has been no reply about how much money the Assessment
for Student Learning Committee will be receiving. There is a
budget hearing scheduled for April 16, hopefully more information
will be available after the meeting.
submitted by Julie Brotzler